May 24th in Black History:
FEATURED: Heavy D
1854: Lincoln University was founded.
1916: Actor Noble Johnson and his brother George, a postal worker in Omaha, founded the Lincoln Motion Picture Company. This was the 1st movie company controlled by Black filmmakers.
1937: Happy Birthday to Jazz saxophonist Archie Shepp who turns 77 today.
1944: Happy Birthday to The original Diva Ms. Patti LaBelle who turns 70 today.
1945: Singer, songwriter & guitarist Terry Callier was born. He passed in 2012, aged 67.
1950: Sweetwater ‘Nat’ Clifton’s contract was purchased by the New York Knicks.
1956: Happy Birthday to singer, songwriter, record producer, arranger & actor Larry Blackmon who turns 58 today.
1961: Freedom Riders were arrested in Jackson, MS for disturbing the peace after disembarking from their bus.
1962: Dancer, actor & choreographer Gene Anthony Ray was born. He passed away in 2003 at age 41.
1963: ‘King of the Slide Guitar’ Elmore James passed away at age 45.
1967: Rapper & actor Heavy D was born. He passed away in 2011, aged 44.
1974: Composer, pianist, and big-band leader Duke Ellington passed away, aged 75.
1975: #1 Song – ‘Shining Star’ by Earth, Wind & Fire.
1981: Happy Birthday to actor Jerod ‘Big Time’ Mixon who turns 33 today.
1989: Jazz Drummer Steve McCall passed away at age 56.
2002: Actress Susie Garrett passed away. She played Ms. Betty Johnson on the TV series Punky Brewster.
2008: Acclaimed blues organist Jimmy McGriff passed away at age 72.